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Connecting With Your Teen or Tween

Posted on July 14, 2020 at 5:35 PM Comments comments ()

EVOLVE MONTHLY MOMENTUM

 

Connecting with your Teen or Tween.

Colossians 3: 21 AMP Fathers, do not provoke or irritate or exasperate your children (with demands that are trivial or unreasonable or humiliating or abusive; nor by favoritism or indifference; treat them tenderly with lovingkindness), so they will not lose heart and become discouraged or unmotivated (with their spirits broken).

Teens and tweens have a notorious reputation of being difficult to connect with and understand. Caught somewhere between childhood and burgeoning adulthood they may find the world and their emotions challenging to navigate. While parents may remember what it was like to be a teenager and often have love and wisdom to share we must remember that changing times, social media, and now worldwide pandemic and racial uprisings can make the landscape of childhood more complicated. This is apparent in the current statistics from the American Psychological Association that between 1991 and 2017, suicide attempts among black adolescents increased by 73%, while attempts among white youth decreased, according to an analysis of more than 198,000 high school students nationwide (Lindsey, M.A., et al., Pediatrics, Vol. 144, No. 5, 2019). These statistics are shocking and heartbreaking, but most of all they are a call to action for parents, caretakers, and community. The APA notes that precursors to suicide are trauma, depression, and anxiety. How can we reach our children where they are and instill in them that they are God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10) - worthy of an abundant life (John 10:10)?

As believers we know to pray over our children, cover them in the blood or Jesus and cast down strongholds, but what can we do as adults caring for children facing the cruel world?

 

Connect Intentionally: Have a scheduled weekly meeting with your children where you check in about their feelings, speak into their lives, or do a target Bible Study of their choice.

Back to Basics: Domestic life does not always have to be a chore. Plan a family theme dinner, take a cooking class, or money management class, teach the basics of grocery shopping, or do a family book club together.

Exercise together: Exercise… stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body's natural painkillers and mood elevators (health.Harvard.edu). Take a walk together, plan a family bike ride or hike. Play a game of basketball. Physical activity as a family allows for bonding, conversation, and a healthy boost!

Social Media: Make yourself a presence on their social media. Do a fun Tik Tok together- learn a choreographed dance, do a makeover, or play a fun game and record it for their followers. Family vlogs about your daily schedule or a road trip are also fun to record and edit for Youtube.

Keep it real! It is natural to want to protect your children from the world, but it’s always best to be direct and honest with your kids. Share your experiences. Seek the Lord for how to navigate challenging topics in your home. Open conversations, strong relationships and the mental health of your children starts with you!

 

 

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Community Conflict and Your Mental Health

Posted on June 4, 2020 at 11:25 AM Comments comments ()

Community Conflict and Your Mental Health

By E.Pritchett,MD

 

Ecc. 7:7 “Surely oppression makes a wise man mad and a gift destroys the heart”

 

We are living in difficult times. Even when the victim is not your family, the skin, heart and life connections that we have when a black man or woman is openly murdered, ambushed, or senselessly killed, makes us all highly affected.

Emotions are elevated, fear and anger are activated, and many communities are on fire.

What do we tell our children and when do we tell them? The questions, the feelings, the unrest affects us all.

We cannot underestimate the impact on our

soul (thoughts,feelings,will).

Many of us are traumatized.

Some of the signs of trauma.

1. Shock/ numbness

2. Withdrawal from others

3. Sadness, crying

4. Excessive anger

5. Confusion helplessness

6. Agitation/ irritability

These feelings may come and go or cycle for hours or days. We must help each other through the crisis and to healthful change.

Coping with Community Conflict

Believers begin with prayer. Pray that the eyes of your understanding be opened.

1. Recognize and name your feelings.

2. Acknowledge your feelings with trusted friends and Family.

3. Listen to others and validate their feelings.

4. Do not rush to judge those acting in ways you

would not. Focus on your thoughts, needs

and actions.

5. Decide what you can do and do it.

We may not all be able or want to march, but

we can pray, babysit for a protester, organize a

voters drive check on our elders.

6. Think about what you say and how you say it

You can express your true feelings with an

attitude of power, love, and sound mind.

7. Take a break from the news/ social media.

8. Use available therapy/ counseling resources.

9. Pray- your soul matters.

 


Disability Awareness

Posted on May 21, 2020 at 3:35 PM Comments comments ()

 

Romans 5:3-4 “And we also have joy with our troubles because we know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces character and character produces hope.”

 

Some people were born disabled because of the sin that entered this world through Adam and Eve. God allows things to happen according to His will and purpose for our lives.

Disabled individuals have many different looks and different challenges. And with the current pandemic on the rise, we must all do our part to not only protect ourselves, but those who have underling health conditions as well.

 

We as Christians must remember that God has called us to love one another just as He loves, not to judge or look down on. God uses the disabled for His glory and to display His love. Disability is not always a physical feature of a person, but an internal feature as well. Many of us are disabled/sick in our spirits. Soul sickness or demoralization is characterized by feelings of hopelessness and helplessness and a perceived sense of incompetence. A spiritually sick person is unable to deal with internal and/or external stress.

 

Restoration of one’s morals and hope are required for this condition and comes from regaining trust in The Lord. Romans 12:12 tells us to “Be joyful because you have hope. Be patient when trouble comes. Pray at all times.” God’s word gives us clear instructions on how to handle life’s trials and tribulations, and because we are living in certain times, we must come together in unity and check in on those who have health challenges.

When we focus our thoughts on God our Father, and obey His commands, we begin to take back our lives from the hand of the enemy. The enemy’s assignment is to kill our hope, steal our joy and destroy us, BUT Jesus came so that we would have a more abundant life in Him.

Remember Romans 8:18- “We have sufferings now. But the sufferings we have now are nothing compared to the great glory that will be given to us.”

 

Here are some things you can do if you are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19:

1. Stay home if possible.

2. Wash your hands often.

3. Avoid close contact with others.

4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

5. Cover your mouth and nose with cloth face cover when around others.

6. Cover coughs and sneezes.

 

We are all in this TOGETHER! If you need help with regaining your hope, the members of EVOLVE SoulCare are ready to assist you! Call 931.905.2200 or email [email protected] You may also visit our website evolvetbcc.com and check out our Facebook page and podcast for daily inspirations.

 

References: biblereasons.com, “Soul Sickness; A Frequently Missed Diagnosis” article by Charles R. Perakis, CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

 


Mental Health Month

Posted on May 5, 2020 at 1:40 PM Comments comments ()
May is Mental Health Month, a reminder that we must take care of ourselves as we take care of others. We encourage everyone (especially during these unusual times), to take time for themselves daily! We call this �??doing me�?� time and we all need some every day. A. Healthy Break time: a. Stretch, walk, do an exercise video, sit outside in the sun B. Connect time: a. Phone a friend, write a letter, check on an elder, church member, or long-lost friend/family C. Grow time: a. Read a book, write your story, listen to a podcast, take a course, learn a hobby D. Assess time: a. Take time to assess your mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being and develop a plan for harmonic peace If you or someone you know needs assistance, contact an Evolve SoulCare member Call: 931.905.2200 Email: [email protected] Website: www.evolvetbcc.com Facebook: Evolve Transformative Biblical Counseling Center Podcast : Evolve SoulCare Podcast

World Health Day

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 2:05 PM Comments comments ()

World Health Day April 7, 2020

 

Health has been at the forefront of our minds lately. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, we are constantly hearing about the importance of handwashing, covering coughs, social isolation, and taking care of our mental health. Public health challenges of this scale remind us how we can stay safe in times of mass sickness, yet practicing daily healthy habits benefit us regardless of the current climate. This World Health Day, consider how you and your community can stay healthy throughout the year.

 

1. Physical Health Drink more water, eat more fruits and vegetables, and get more exercise. This classic trifecta permeates throughout almost all of the health advice we receive when it comes to our physical health. Yet, going for walks outside, eating food that comes from the Earth instead of a box, and skipping the soda can really make an impact on how you feel, think, age, and interact with others. Try implementing some of the classics into your routine to work towards a healthier lifestyle.

 

2. Public Health When we work with our communities to create a healthier world, the impact is unstoppable. Volunteer to deliver meals to homebound older adults, be conscious of sneezing and coughing around others, and wash your hands regularly. Pick up trash and liter, recycle old boxes, and donate to local parks. The bounds of ways you can positively impact public health are limitless.

 

3. Mental Health Pausing to reflect on the importance of your mental wellbeing can positively affect you in every facet of life. Every day write down five things that you are thankful for in a gratitude journal. Be vulnerable with family and friends when you’re feeling overwhelmed or sad. Put down your phone and go for a walk outside without distractions. Listen to music. Connecting with yourself, others, and the environment around you can center and focus your emotions.

 

4. Global Health The health of our Earth contributes to our physical, public, and mental health in invaluable ways. Be conscious of waste, walk when you can, and use a refillable water bottle. Save a spider instead of killing it. Eat less meat and dairy products. Be thankful for the environmental resources around you, such as local parks or lakes, and work to conserve them. Small changes like these can have a big impact when we all work together.

 

 

This World Health Day, work with your family and community to institute some healthy habits into your routine. Your body, mind, community, and planet will thank you!


Positive Thinking

Posted on March 3, 2020 at 2:05 PM Comments comments ()

"Brothers, continue to think about the things that are good and worthy of praise.  Think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected." Philippians 4:8

EVOLVE SoulCare Podcast

Posted on February 19, 2020 at 11:45 AM Comments comments ()

Check out our latest EVOLVE SoulCare Podcast! Just click the link.

Are you trying to cope with the Valentine's Day Blues? Listen to the latest episode of the Evolve Soulcare Podcast where Dr. Pritchett leads the discussion on love, broken hearts, and bouncing back. Listen on Spotify, Apple music, or just click the link. Just in time for Valentine's Day! https://anchor.fm/niambi-mcla…/…/Valentines-Day-Blues-eaqvgm



Healing Heartbreak

Posted on February 12, 2020 at 11:35 AM Comments comments ()

Healing Heartbreak

  by Dr. P

 

Psalm 34:18a-The Lord is near to them that are broken hearted

 

A broken heart is the source of distress, depression and despair for many. This is especially true in this valentine season. Our eyes are flooded with images ( real or not) of love birds, kisses, hearts and gifts to give or get. This makes recovering from heartbreak especially difficult during this time.

 

Heartbreak occurs when our hopes, dreams, affections, trust in another are lost, betrayed, abandoned, abused, or rejected.. The grief that follows shows up physically( pain, low energy, appetite changes, tearfulness). It shows up emotionally( depression, anxiety, anger) and it shows up in our behavior (irritable, aggressive, acts of desperation).

 

Heartbreak is a real dis-ease that if not addressed can be a gateway to disease and disorder.

 

So what do you do? How do you handle it. Some may say, get over it, move on. But that is easier said than done. it ain’t that easy.

 

Gettin up from heartbreak requires time AND intention.

 

Here are what I call the 4 Ls of dealing with brokenheartedness

 

0. Let

Let yourself grieve the loss, the hurt. Let yourself cry, let yourself feel the pain, anger and sadness. When we try to block these feelings or put down our emotions, they build up to an explosion or they seep out in other potentially destructive ways

 

0. Lean

Lean on your friends, family. Often we feel ashamed, if we’ve been betrayed, or rejected and try to hide the truth. But sharing our truth with loved ones and supporters can lighten the load by sharing the burden.

 

0. Learn

Every interaction, whether positive or negative brings knowledge. What does the experience teach you about yourself, your interactive style, your motives? How will it inform your next steps?

 

0. List

God’s Word is the ultimate teaching, healing, delivering power in the universe. Search the scriptures for the Word of your situation, list them, meditate upon them and allow them to mend your broken heart. Here are some to begin your journey

 

Psalm 34:18

Psalm 147:3

John 14:27

Matthew 11:28

 

If you need help to recover and don’t know where to begin, call EVOLVE 931. 905-2200

 


Choose to EVOLVE in the Spirit

Posted on February 6, 2020 at 4:30 PM Comments comments ()

Galatians 5:16- "So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh."

"Our sinful selves want what is against the Spirit.  The Spirit wants what is against our sinful selves.  The two are against each other, so you must not do what you please." (Galatians 5:17, ICB).  It's interesting how effortlessly easy it is to do the wrong thing, but it takes a conscious effort to do what we know is right, why is that?  It's because we were born into sin and it comes naturally, but Jesus was sent to pay the ultimate price for our sins; He came so that we could have a full life. (John 10:10)  There is no greater love that that!

When we choose Christ as our Savior, we choos to live a NEW life; a life of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).  Living in the Spirit is right in the eye's of our Heavenly Father.  It requires dedication, focus and giving up our selfish sinful feelings.  It means dying to self DAILY, by renewing our mind, applying God's word to our lives, and letting the Spiriet lead you.

When you choose to live by the Spirit, you choose to EVOLVE!

If you need help moving in the right direction and you don't know where to start, call EVOLVE 931.905.2200 or email [email protected] are not alone!

by Shalonda Maxie

All Of Our Healing Is In Christ

Posted on January 14, 2020 at 2:10 PM Comments comments ()

Psalms 34:4 ESV- " I sought the Lord and He answered me and delivered me from all of my fears."

Don't let the devil cheat you out of a healthy life in 2020.

The same healing available for our body ailments, is available for our soul (mental, emotional, behavioral) wounds.

In Psalms 34 we read that:

   1.  The Lord will deliver us from our fears (anxiety disorder) v. 4

   2.  The Lord willnot let us be ashamed (guilt) v. 4

   3.  The Lord will save us out of our troubles (life circumstances) v. 6

   4.  The Lord hears our cry (distress) v. 15

   5.  The Lord is near the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit (discouragement and depression)  v. 19 "many are the afflictions of the righteous, but The Lord delivers him out of them ALL."

Commit to joy, peace and gladness in your soul in 2020 with the ABC's  of Mental Health.

  A.  Accept the word as your daily portion.

  B. Believethat wellness, emotional peace is your inheritance.

  C. Consult the Holy Spirit when you are facing a challenge.

If you need guidance in managing a soul care concern, the Christ The Healer  EVOLVE Team is here for you.  Join a group, seek individual support with a simple call to 931.905.2200.



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